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8:20 AM ET, January 17, 2022


 Top News: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries says the BBC's license fee will be abolished in 2027 and the broadcaster's funding will be frozen for the next two years  —  Government announcement will force broadcaster to close services and make further redundancies  —  The BBC licence fee will be abolished …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network after its current agreement expires, which a source says is in early April; DirecTV is OANN's largest distributor  —  DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers, plans to drop One America News Network, dealing a major blow …
Wall Street Journal:
State AGs' lawsuit alleges Google misled publishers and advertisers for years about ad pricing by deflating sales for some while increasing prices for buyers  —  Details show Google employees fretting its ad tech auctions were ‘untruthful’ and based in ‘insider information’
Leah Nylen / Politico:
In court docs, state AGs allege that Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret 2018 deal giving Facebook advantages in Google's ad auctions
Marie Le Conte / VICE:
A look at Politics For All, a UK news Twitter account started by a teenager in August 2019 and that amassed nearly half a million followers before it was banned  —  Teen admins, shady ads and an origin story that begins with Alex from Glasto - how exactly did PFA get so big, only to disappear so dramatically?
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix raises its monthly subscription prices by $1 to $2 in the US and Canada; the standard US plan has increased from $13.99 to $15.49 per month  —  Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday …
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A guessing game arises over who will land the NYT's Media Equation column, as anonymous insiders float names including Wesley Lowery and Katie Rosman  —  Ben Smith's abrupt exit has sparked a newsroom guessing game for his successor—Katie Rosman?  Wesley Lowery?—though, as one insider put it …
Use of “officer-involved” and “police-involved” phrases fell in US newspaper stories after George Floyd's murder in May 2020 but started rising again in 2021  —  Following the murder of George Floyd, The Associated Press issued guidance that reporters should not describe instances …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon, Condé Nast, DraftKings, and TPG were interested in The Athletic, and the NYT bumped its initial offer by 10% to secure the deal  —  - The Athletic's $550 million sale to The New York Times is seen as a major success by some close to the company but disappointing to others.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Patrick Soon-Shiong outlines the future of the LA Times, aiming to print while “economically possible” and to reach 1M digital subscribers by the end of 2022  —  Next month marks four years since Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong agreed a $500m deal to buy his local newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.
How Netflix succeeded in South Korea, including by developing ideas considered too risky for broadcasters and licensing local content overseas  —  It took “Squid Game” just four weeks this past fall to become the most-watched Netflix Inc. show ever released in any language.
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Seven The A.V. Club staffers in Chicago face a deadline in deciding on a move to LA; WGA, East reps say G/O Media made the offer as a ploy to replace them  —  Katie Rife, a senior writer for entertainment site the A.V. Club, was working past midnight on a review last week when her friend sent her a text.
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Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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US journalism outlets are often deeply and blindly US-centric; a truly global outlet would be run from international hubs and have a clear target market
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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Didem Atakan / Duvar English:
BBC Istanbul staff go on strike as salary negotiations falter: BBC's final offer was a 20% salary raise despite a 36% inflation rate and the lira's devaluation